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Giard iasis

  1. 1. GiardIasis<br />BY: Angela Awuku<br />
  2. 2. What is Giardiasis<br />Giardiasis is an infection of the small bowel by a single celled organism called Giardia lamblia. Typically people become affected with this parasite after consuming contaminated water by raw sewage or animal waste.<br />
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  4. 4. When to seek medical attention<br />Profuse watery diarrhea with dehydration<br />Blood or mucus stools<br />More than 6 unformed stools in 24 hours<br />Fever greater than 100.4 F<br />Illness longer than 48 hours<br />
  5. 5. Exams and Test<br />The most common way to diagnose Giardiasis is by visualization of Giardia cysts by professionals. This can be determined by examining the stool.<br />Another method called antigen assay of stool, which is used to detect a certain protein found in the wall of the Giardia<br />The string test involves swallowing a fuzzy string, enclosed in a gelatin capsule. The string collects secretions and mucus from the small bowel<br />
  6. 6. Prevention <br />Filter and boil all water when traveling to developing countries<br />Avoid eating foods washed in contaminated water<br />Avoid risky sexual behaviors<br />Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water<br />Wash hands after changing a babies diper<br />
  7. 7. Outlook<br />This disease is 100% curable!!<br />With proper treatment and medication Giardiasis can be 100% curable. However, it could possibly lead to lactose intolerance, cramping and watery diarrhea after ingestion of milk products. Those with weaker immune systems could endure chronic infection.<br />
  8. 8. Bibliography<br />"Giardiasis." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Web. 07 Apr. 2011. <http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/stomach/giardiasis.html>.<br />

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